Our hearty congratulations to Ela Rose for taking the top signal spotter of the month award for submitting our most-read signal of change: “Golem – a peer to peer, decentralised supercomputer”!
Ela, tell us a bit about who you are.
The first word that jumps to my mind is “active” - I love being outside and doing sports. The other things that really get me excited and sometimes worried is technology and its impact on society and the environment.
How did you first start spotting signals?
I used to work for a trend consultancy called Kjaer Global, where I learned how to spot signals, see them in connection and relate them to business challenges.
Do you scan for a specific area?
Yes, everything tech-related catches my eye. So Wired magazine and the Singularity Hub are my favourite sources for inspiration. I am especially collecting everything I see related to automation, artifical intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), blockchain and other emerging technologies in Evernote folders. I am also very interested in innovative solutions to e-waste, which I also capture there.
Why did you feel that “Golem – a peer to peer, decentralised supercomputer” was a signal of change?
I am very big fan of open data as a driver of innovation. Golem sounds like it will take advantage of the opportunities open data and AI offer and that made me very excited. The idea still sounds very vague, but it could be revolutionary for science, innovation, and global connectivity (and may even help to mitigate the digital divide) - so the combination of possible high impact, uncertainty, and excitement made me feel this is a signal of change!
What are your hopes for the future?
I hope that technology will help us to live more sustainable, healthy lives but won’t disconnect us from getting excited and caring about the natural world. I believe that technology can be a great enabler for equality and that it could help us to overcome societal gaps, if we channel it right.